A gradual change

This takes place one thousand years after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now? There is a new Enterprise in space. The crew? Captain James Barnabas,CMO Sonny Degrias, Commander B-4, second commander Jacob Strong, Holoprogram Chief Security 2.97,and Chief Engineer Rebeca Stern to name a few. This takes place aboard the Enterprise-Z.

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33. Briefing

. . . Briefing room. . .

. . . 12:39 PM. . .

"It is apparent that he has messed our life support systems up," Barnabas said. "And there is no way to repair them."

"Captain,the records show that activity in the Alpha Quadrant has ceased from humanity," B-4 said. "Including the other inter-mixed races that emerged over the past thousand years."

"I told you it is happening, James." Sonny said.

Barnabas sighed.

"If humanity is evolving. . . As what this Q has said . . ." Barnabas said. "That means only one thing."

"What is it sir?" Lieutenant Commander Jacob Strong asked.

"We are all leaving B-4 behind." Barnabas said in a low voice.

Their eyes went to B-4.

"I will be taking a shuttle to Andromeda if this ship were to be abandoned." B-4 said.

"You being alone?" Chief Engineer Rebeca Stern said. "I for one wouldn't want that for you."

"So would I," Barnabas said. "This is our last voyage in space with you, my friend, then there is no way in hell we'll be leaving you ten mega-light days away from Selios Three."

"Captain. . ." B-4 said. "You don't have to do that."

"We do, Mr B-4." Barnabas said, with a nod.

"I can figure a way to speed the engines up to take us there in a day," Stern said. "It will create stress in the befuo conestial factor and the ex-deuo cahuzian."

"But can we do it without exploding ourselves?" Barnabas asked.

"I am certain of it." Stern said.

"Let's do it," Barnabas said, standing up. "Dismissed."

Everyone except for B-4 and Barnabas were left in the room.

"Captain. . ." B-4 said. "I feel. . . gratitude. . . for your attempts at not making me be alone."

"You need to be with people," Barnabas said. "You are the only one who'll survive the suffocation."

"Captain, I was--"

"You don't breath like we do," Barnabas cut B-4 off. "You do not have a heart or lungs. You operate because of a fixed system," He grabbed the android by the shoulders. "Tell me. . . With all of Data's memories. . . If it were happening to the Enterprise E rather than the Enterprise Z, would Captain Picard make the same call?"

"I . . . I am not sure." B-4 said.

"Well, I am the one making that call," Barnabas said. "Do you feel you have a soul?"

"I do." B-4 said.

"It's not fair. Androids don't evolve. We do. You have a soul. . . But you. . . I believe that is the beauty of being an Soong Type Android. You'll make new friends, quickly," Barnabas pat the android's shoulder with a small but sad smile. "I know you will."

Barnbas left the room leaving B-4 alone.

B-4 slumped down and cried into his hands.

Everyone was leaving B-4.

His friends and his pals.

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